Processing Update: USCIS is Increasing Premium Processing Fees Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020

USCIS is increasing premium processing fees beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, as included in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, which was signed into law on September 30, 2020.

For now, it appears that the new premium processing fees will only be available for the following types of cases:

$2,500 if you are filing Form I-129 requesting E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-3, L (including blanket L-1), O, P, Q, or TN nonimmigrant classification.

$1,400 if you are filing Form I-129 requesting H-2B or R nonimmigrant classification.

$2,500 if you are filing Form I-140 requesting EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 immigrant visa classification.

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Additional premium processing information:

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 requires rulemaking to set fees for expanded premium processing services, but it must be consistent with the following:

  1. EB-1 petitions for Multinational Managers and Executives or EB-2 NIW petitions – fee is no greater than $2,500 and processing time is no greater than 45 days.
  2. Change of status requests for F, J and M – fee is no greater than $1,750 and processing time is no greater than 30 days.
  3. Change of status requests for dependents seeking E, H, L, O, P and R – fee is no greater than $1,750 and processing time is no greater than 30 days.
  4. Form I-765 – fee is no greater than $1,750 and processing time is no greater than 30 days.